Gates Is Not Alone


(U.S. Global Leadership Campaign Director Liz Schrayer and pollster Geoff Garin explain U.S. military leadership attitudes on U.S. national security — partial video)

Bob Gates sent shockwaves through the national security community last year at Kansas State University when he dared suggest that the non-military instruments of power are under-resourced. Turns out, he’s not alone.
Earlier this year, I learned that Rep. Jack Murtha, who chairs the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, worked with Rep. Nita Lowey, who chairs the Foreign Ops. (non-military foreign affairs) Subcommittee to bump up her spending allocation — a smart and selfless move.

Geoff Garin and Bill McInturff, who did a phenomenally thorough poll last year for the United Nations Foundation showing new patterns in the public’s foreign policy preferences, released a memo last week on their new poll of military officers’ attitudes. Long story short, they’re backing up their boss. Here’s a key finding that summarizes the poll:

Eighty-four percent (84%) of officers say that strengthening non-military tools such as diplomacy and development efforts should be at least equal to strengthening military efforts when it comes to improving America’s ability to address threats to our national security.

This isn’t really news, but it should serve to rebut those who suggest that the effort to enhance U.S. diplomatic and development initiatives represents a challenge to the military. News flash to these folks: Gen. Buck Turgidson is a figment of Stanley Kubrick’s (and Peter George’s) imagination.

Get with the program.
— Scott Paul


6 comments on “Gates Is Not Alone

  1. Aresluna says:

    Gates should run for president in 2012 as an indi with the specific goal of pulling the foreign policy debate back into reality.


  2. Mr.Murder says:

    *to address the challenges of these topic?


  3. Mr.Murder says:

    Joint training. Use military presence without having to be part of direct action. This provides deterrent, creates very good pressure, and accelerates actual deployments when used, not just within the region said training took place.
    Ambassador Wilson notes the success in Haiti resutling from prior joint training in Africa with Operation Flintlock.
    He and Jamerson took a joint approach. Diplomats of good experience paired with military attachments.
    Instead we try and develop these joint efforts that enable us to create new movers in the SEATO, OAS, OAU(now the African Union) so if you have a force able to work with you from one group, under the UN umbrella it can be applied elsewhere.
    This could be of much use in coming efforts. We’re probably looking at a new era of containment policy to try and limit the influence of persons such as Chavez to couple with this force lever to stabilize some ethnic tensions.
    Personally there’s nothing to hold against Chavez of which I’m aware. He’s our flavor of the month bad guy in this Hemisphere at this time, though. We don’t want him forcibly removed or he’d already be gone. The wake of his departure who knows what would have been unleashed.
    Oddly, Bushco. has made him stronger through the White House use of terrible fiscal policy and terrible energy policy, both of which enable him to greater influence in said areas.
    In fact, Al Gore showed the way to peace, it is a path paved with renewable energy infrastructure. Something Obama’s been very timid in addressing to any level of competence.
    No shock there, his campaign director works for energy firms and Barack voted for Cheney’s energy bill.So much for being the change candidate.
    Now you see how important it is to unify policy so domestic items match what we need to accomplish as a member of the world community.
    Community organizing of a different kind is what we need. World community, energy policy, address warming now or lose land and crops we can’t afford to lose.
    How many countries losing said items have military resources that will need help and joint training to address the chellenges these topics address?


  4. Mr.Murder says:

    Pipers at the Gates of Dawn.
    A new era is ushered upon us.


  5. Syed Qamar Afzal Rizvi says:

    The echo/ essence of the humanistic globalism- that presently seems to a passive feature of the US-foreign policy- has to strongly projected via the threshold of the NGOs.


  6. Mr.Murder says:

    The use of NGO to shape perception and background items such as the Niger forgeries shows how this can always be misused no matter how we try to address it via policy.
    At the same time we have more pressing humanitarian needs that can advance the perception of good intention and using those particular NGO such as the Red Cross and Red Crescent for that can serve great purpose.
    Also, vetted NGO helping with relief can document activity of concern such as human trafficing or genocide, these items must also be addressed.
    The ability to use NGO as a neutral avenue for relief items, and to also vet or help justify intervention, could be major policy aspects in coming years.


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